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Your Future In Restaurants Starts Here

We are dedicated to changing lives and uplifting communities.

The Educational Foundation empowers people from all backgrounds with the training and education they need to secure a better future.

We do this through the vast opportunities offered in the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industry.

 Restaurants Advance!

With support from Constellation Brands, we have launched a new national fundraising initiative to help current and future restaurant workers access the education and training they need to put their job or career back on track.

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100% of every dollar donated supports the NRAEF's mission to empower and advance today’s and tomorrow’s restaurant workers. The work of the NRAEF includes offering scholarships to anyone building a future in restaurants; helping our military transition into the industry; providing apprenticeships and building pathways to independence for justice-involved youth through job skills training and mentoring.

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NRAEF's Summer Institutes Are Now Digital!

These online courses offer educators the opportunity to learn from nationally recognized faculty, network with peers, and obtain continuing education credits to strengthen their foodservice education skills. With in-depth demonstration and lecture instruction, educators learn how to apply their course's takeaways to their own classrooms. 

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Watch live on Facebook and see who won!

On Wednesday, April 21 the top three students' pitches and judges Q&A were broadcast live on Facebook. The judges decided who they felt had the best restaurant concept, and the winner took home $1,000 – and won grant money for their ProStart classroom!

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American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation “Backing Historic Small Restaurants” Grant Program

American Express is funding $1 million in grants, to be administered by the National Trust. Additionally campaign partners will offer products and services collectively worth more than $250,000 for grantees to upgrade their digital presence and capabilities. The National Restaurant Association and the Educational Foundation will offer access to virtual educational tools and training.

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The Rachael Ray Foundation Selects 27 High Schools to Receive ProStart Grow Grants

Twenty-seven high schools from across the country will receive special funding to upgrade and expand their ProStart programs thanks to $135,000 in grants from The Rachael Ray Foundation (RRF). Over the past 15 years, more than 260 scholarships have been provided by Rachael Ray’s Yum-o! organization and the Rachael Ray Foundation, totaling $1.8M in support to NRAEF scholarships and ProStart.

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NRAEF Puts Restaurant Worker Futures Back On Track

NRAEF launches Restaurants Advance, a national fundraising campaign to help current and future restaurant workers access the education and training they need to put their job or career back on track. Constellation Brands has committed $1.75M to support the NRAEF and Restaurants Advance as the industry continues to rebuild and reopen after COVID-19.

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Since 1987, we’ve helped nearly 2,000 students with merit-based undergraduate scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $10,000.

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